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February 2016 Letter to CSB Students

Dear CSB Degree Candidate: 

Congratulations on your upcoming commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. in

the Haehn Campus Center Clemens Field House.  Listed below is information you will need for your graduation from St. Ben's.  Please read carefully and keep for further reference. 

GRAD FINALE:  Thursday, March 17 - Gorecki 204 - 10:00 a.m.  - 6:00 p.m.

Attend this important event to check your eligibility for graduation.  Pick up your cap and gown! You may also purchase diploma frames, announcements, and jewelry from the Sisterhood Collection, and pre-order a Commencement Ceremony DVD or HD Flash Drive.  Have your picture taken in a cap and gown and register for prizes.   

GRADUATION FEE: A fee of $55 has been charged to your December account to defray the cost of your cap and gown and your meal tickets. 

ACADEMIC ATTIRE:  Cap and gowns will be distributed at Grad Finale on Thursday, March 17th to all students who are eligible for CommencementYou will be contacted by the Registrar's Office by March 11th if you are not eligible.  If you are unable to be on campus on March 17th, gowns may be picked up at the CSB Bookstore on Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th between 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. and, Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

CEREMONY TICKETS:  Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for her family members and guests to attend the ceremony in the Haehn Campus Center Clemens Field House.  Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for Commencement seating in the Field House (handicap seating will be available).  Additional seating will be available, without tickets in O'Connell's and Alumnae Hall, there your guests will view the ceremony on big screen TV.  You may also view ceremonies on analog channel 15, or digital channel 16, in all student housing.   Handicap seating will be available.    

Your packet of ceremony tickets will be distributed at the CSB Bookstore Thursday, May 5th through Saturday, May 7th. You must present your I.D. card to claim them. 

GRADUATION MASS:   We invite you and your guests to attend the Graduation Mass as an important part of your special day.  It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful years at the College of St. Benedict and for all of us to pray for each of you and bless you on your next ventures.  There will be two opportunities to attend this Graduation Mass on this day to help facilitate graduates and their families' schedules: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  With the scheduled meal times at Gorecki, it makes it easier to attend Mass before or after your meal.  If you would like to participate in a Liturgical Ministry for your Graduation Mass (Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Gift Bearer, etc.) please contact us at [email protected].     

MEAL TICKETS:   each graduate will receive five (5) complimentary tickets for the commencement meal.  You will need one of the meal tickets for yourself.  The meal will be served in the Gorecki Center from 10:00 a.m.  - 12:30. p.m.  

You may pick up your meal tickets on May 2nd and 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Gorecki Fireside Lobby.  Pick up of meal tickets after that can be done at the culinary business window across from Gorecki Center Room 120.   

REHEARSAL:  Rehearsal will take place Friday, May 6th at 3:00 p.m. SHARP!  Please line up on the lawn between the Haehn Campus Center and the Benedicta Arts Center. Line-up information will be sent by email and posted with numerical and alphabetical markings on the sidewalk.  In the event of rain, line-up will be in Claire Lynch.  Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduating seniors.  If you cannot attend rehearsal or ceremonies, please contact Anastasia Nathe in the Registrar's Office at [email protected]. 

PHOTOS:  A professional photographer has been hired to take pictures at the graduation ceremony. Family members are encouraged to remain in their seats. You will receive a color proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase.  Cap and gown portraits will also be taken at Grad Finale. 

VIDEO RECORDING: The 2016 CSB Commencement DVD or custom CSB (HD) Flash Drive with the Commencement Ceremony is available for purchase through the Bookstore.   Please pre-order at Grad Finale or online at the bookstore or call 1-800-420-4509. 

SIMULCAST:  The commencement ceremony will be available for viewing on the CSB campus cable TV system on analog channel 15 and digital channel 16.  You will need to do a channel auto scan in order for your tv to find these channels after they become available at 1:00 p.m. 

COMMENCEMENT WEBCAST:  The College of St. Benedict will webcast Commencement exercises over the Internet. A computer or mobile device with internet access is all that is required. To view the webcast, go to the CSB/SJU Commencement Web page at and look for a link to the 2016 CSB Commencement webcast. There will be a signal available to check your connection one half hour prior to commencement.   

Questions?  Contact Mary Jo Waggoner in the Dean's Office at 363-5401 or via e-mail at [email protected] or visit our website at